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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 20 October 2005) . . Page.. 4051 ..

(6) - (10) These questions should be directed to the ACT Multicultural Council Inc.



Animals—welfare(Question No 643)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Environment, upon notice, on 21 September 2005:

Can a copy of the Animal Welfare Advisory Council (AWAC) 2005-06 work plan be provided;

How many members make up the AWAC;

What are the responsibilities of the AWAC members;

On what dates has the AWAC met so far in 2005;

What work has the AWAC predominately undertaken since January 2005;

What formal advice has the AWAC provided to the Minister since January 2005;

What was the ACT Government’s response to the advice given.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

A 2005-06 work plan for the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) has not been developed.

Nine members make up the AWAC.

The Committee is a statutory body established under the Animal Welfare Act 1992. The Committee represents community views on animal welfare in the ACT. The Committee facilitates the development of a balanced and coordinated approach to animal welfare matters and provides expert advice to the Minister on animal welfare issues.

The specific functions of the Committee are:

To advise the Minister on any matters relating to existing or proposed legislation affecting the welfare of animals;

To investigate and advise the Minister of any matter, policy or practice affecting the welfare of animals;

To participate, in conjunction with the Animal Welfare Unit, in the development of codes of practice relating to animals and their welfare and to review and endorse existing codes where appropriate;

To provide advice to government and non-government bodies on programs to improve community awareness about animals and their humane treatment; and

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